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with my tongue. - uh, steve. i'm actually happy to see you. - hey, woody, can i talk to you for-- - [laughing] yeah, thanks to outsourcing, steve, brickleberry's budget is back in the black. check it out. look at all the money we saved. - how much did that bulletin board cost? - all the money we saved. - look, woody, i need some time off. i'm flying to india to get back the love of my life. - hold on. uh, woody was just telling me how he tried to suck himself, and somehow you still win most pathetic. - they will be no time off, and that's final! get to work! - i understand. - no. - o-o-ooh. - what did you say, steve? - i said no. not this time. you're not gonna push me around. i'm not backing down! - what? - yeah. i'm going to india to get rock shit pony back. i love her and that's what i'm going to do, whether you like it or not. - well then, steve, you're-- - fired? good. you treat me like garbage. you can run this place on your own. i should've left when the others did. now, if you'll excuse me, i'm going to india! [indian music] ♪ rock shit pony? - steve? - i'm sorry, guys
on this friday morning, december 14th i'm pam cook. >> and i'm dave clark. let's check weather, traffic. steve you have pam wearing a sweater. >> it was cold yesterday. >> all day i was cold. >> it's cloudy out there right now. we had clear skies for awhile. a lot of that cold air is trapped. a little system coming down the coast. could be a little mixed presip. highs today very cool. mainly low 50s. here is sal. >>> good morning. right now traffic on interstate 680 looks pretty good -- let me turn that radio down. 680 looks good as you pass mission boulevard. also this morning's commute is looking good on the san mateo bridge. it's clear and cold. but no traffic problems. let's go back to dave and pac. >>> at 5:00 we are starting with developing news coming in now. there was a big earthquake just off the southern california coast. it was a magnitude 6.3. this hit about 2:30 this morning. about 163 miles south, southwest of avlon, california. no tsunami warning has been issued. no word yet of any injuries or damage. >>> also new developments in fremont where that huge fire destroyed a machine
. 7:07. let's go to -- let's go to steve. >>> this is a colder pattern. this may last a while. 7, 10, 15 day -- 15 days. there's a pattern with stronger systems coming in. christmas week could be kind of rainy and snowy as well. i almost had to choke there for a second. i'm okay now. coming down from cape mendocino there could be some snow. we need that because the snow level was way too high. but that's changing. there's not a lot of life with the system. heard from steve bridges up in the keys, 2 inches at lake level. it will be more of a powdery. you can see some scattered showers around, nothing widespread or anything. just kind of -- there was some towards orinda, san rafael, berkeley, emeryville, san mateo, redwood city, heading over towards the hayward side. also along highway 1 towards woodside, skyline, 84. san gregoireia and then towards the santa cruz mountains. there's been some around san jose. we'll keep an eye on that. 37 santa rosa. 44 napa. these continues will continue to drop. still nom so 50s -- still some 50s. this is a very fast-moving pattern, and it can be --
, the developments are wii by the hour and our steve centanni is covering all of them. good to see you. >> you, too, jamie. one month until the fiscal cliff and appears to be little movement, but a lot of talk back and forth and the president used a campaign style appearance to appeal directly to the american people and pushed for immediate action to extend bush era tax cuts for everybody except the more wealthy americans. >> right now congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income, everybody. and that means that 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses wouldn't see their income taxes go up at all. and even the wealthiest americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. >> but republicans led by house speaker john boehner said the president should quit campaigning and take care of business and some suggest that the president is playing a dangerous game of political brinksmanship. >> i think that the democrats and the president view it to their advantage to run the clock out and dangerously close by the end of the year. if th
or let it fail and let it lose perhaps a million jobs. car czar steve ratner gives us a fascinating inside look. for viewers in the united states, we have a special tonight at 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific called "tough decisions." >>> but, first, here's my take. announcing that he would send proposals on reducing gun violence in america to congress, president obama this week mentioned a number of sensible gun control measures. but he also paid homage to the conventional washington wisdom from mental health issues to school safety. his spokesman jay carney said earlier this is a complex problem that will require complex solution. gun control carney from the only answer. let me respectfully disagree. the problem is not complex and the solution is blindingly obvious. there are three sets of causes that people point to when talking about events like the one in newtown. first, the psychologist of the killer. second, the environment of violence in our culture. third, the easy access to guns. each of these might explain any single event, but what we should be trying to understan
steve jobs was really bringing apple to the forefront -- >> a happening place. >> it is. it's where things happen. that's why we're here, steve rattner. >> washington is the place. with us on set, economic analyst steve rattner. also political editor and white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein. andrea mitchell. and in new york, msnbc contributor, mike barnicle. and the co-anchor of "street signs," brian sullivan. we've got a lot to talk about, mike barnicle, but i saw a headline on the front page of "usa today," a tease that is very intriguing, and that is one of the greatest players in major league baseball trying to get his worth right now. and if i were a major league team, i would pass on josh hamilton in a new york second because the guy phoned it in when his team needed him the most. there's an attitude problem. and yet he could be such a huge payoff. are the red sox looking at josh hamilton? >> i think any team that's looking at hamilton is looking at no longer than three years with him because of the things you just mentioned. >> he, of course, had an ad
: how long have you been doing it? >> since about september. >> steve: very good. we're about to leave, folks. we've got 19 seconds. let's all do a little gangam dancing, all right? >> there you go. sounds good. >> steve: music up, please. ♪ a for effort. good morning, everybody. fox news alert. 7.3 magnitude quake hitting off japan in an area that does not neat incidents like these. new video buildings swaying and sirens wailing and men and women, children running for higher ground. a reminder of the massive quake and deadly tsunami hit the same area just about a year and a half ago. we'll drill down on that. good morning as we follow up as the earth started to shake earlier today. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to friday. martha: good morning everybody. i'm martha maccallum. last year's tsunami killed and left missing some 19,000 people. as you remember those unbelievable images we saw of the coast which was devstated. it also damaged nuclear power plants and created one of the worst nuclear disasters we've seen in history. bill: we held onto the story for a long time. japan today has ca
are scrambling to figure out what to do. joining us now to analyze in new york is attorney steve greeneberg and from l.a. attorney. first the united states supreme court today announced it will take up two gay marriage cases prop 8 out of california and the defense of marriage act case out of new york. the court could hear the cases as early as march. okay. two big issues here. let's start first with -- i think we will start with the gay marriage issue first and then we will go to the pot question. steve, how do you think it's going to play out the doma case prop 8 case how two different cases how do you think doma case. >> doma case involves whether someone who had lived with domestic partner for 45 years should have to pay estate taxes where if they lived as husband and wife she would not have to pay estate taxes and prop 8 involves whether or not gay marriage is simply legal. i think what we are seeing here they only need four justices to decide whether to take the issue. i think there is a little bit of politics there because if obama appoints more justices, they are not going to have t
expressing his dismay saying in part and i quote... >> eliot: joining me now is steve clemons editor at large of the atlantic and founder of the new america foundation program and joe cirincione, president of plowing shares fund and a member of hillary clinton's security advisory board. thank you both for joining us this evening. >> thanks for having us on. >> eliot: steve let me start with you. after the way the president had reinforced susan rice, not only saying an attack on her is an attack on me at a press conference the scripted applause and his statements about her at a cabinet meeting just recently, this seems like such a sharp u-turn and you heard me say a few moments ago seems as though the president caved. am i wrong about that? what do you understand to be going on here? >> well, i think it was. i think susan described it accurately. she's a very capable and competent woman who would have, i think done a great job as secretary of state. that said, it is a distraction. it has been a distraction. when
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time now. george will is off. glad to have cokie roberts here. also dan senor. steve rattner and two congressmen, congressman tom cole of oklahoma, also a member of the republican leadership, and keith ellison, chair of the progressive caucus. cokie, tim geithner said they're making progress. >> congressman cole does, too. >> i want to hear that. >> but it hasn't been a very encouraging week for people who think that the fiscal cliff is not something that we want to go over and i think that the president's proposal that was put on the table was something that republicans were not going to accept, even close to accept, so it had the air of bizarre. you know, bargaining. but put a really high price out there so that when you start the negotiating -- >> when will the real negotiating begin? congressman cole? >> i want to thank the president and secretary geithner for reuniting and re-energizing the republican caucus. because that offer -- they must think that john boehner is santa claus, because it was a christmas wish list, it wasn't a real proposal. at the end of the day, do i think w
constitution for that country. one that gave president mohammed morsi new powers. steve harrigan is standing by live in cairo with more. >> remarkable scene in cairo this morning outside egypt supreme constitutional court. to put it simply, the court justices could not get in their own building. the judges will suspend their work while the atmosphere of intimidation physical a mental intimidation exist. the supreme court say they cannot do the work because of the mob around their building. it was likely they would rule on the legitimacy of egypt constitutional assembly. that body pushed through the constitution, the draft on friday. they go for a national referendum, up or down vote on december 15. if the constitution goes through, egypt president morsi says the extreme powers which he declared that he possessed would be void and it would go to normal here in egypt. richard morrison himself has strong public support. we have 200,000 people. mainly members of the muslim brotherhood who support the president come out on the street to show support. loud and emotional way. >> shannon: steve harr
former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. >> financier. >> rattner is here. i like -- and we have to go back to that. it's the truth. >> it is! >> money is money. >> in washington, msnbc and "time" senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> we saw him on the streets of d.c. yesterday, and he was very cagey. >> the mean streets of d.c. >> yes. he was so cagey. >> he was. >> yes. yes. >> you can't ever ask those guys what they're doing, wherever they are. where you going? with who? a meeting. >> auditioning for a gang is what i'm doing. >> right. >> yes, exactly. lots of luck with that one. >> should we get to the news? >> fantastic. boy, there's some stories here, unbelievable. >> in the least. >> you talk about libya. i tell you what, you've got assad about to cross that red line. he's going to see russia leaving quick. i think you'll see even troops going in there if he starts using chemical weapons against his own people. about to cross the line. egypt, morsi in trouble. the biggest revolt since mubarak was pushed out of power. "the new york times
says it cannot operate in what it calls a "climate filled with hatred." steve harrigan live in cairo at the moment with the latest developments. not very encouraging, steve. good morning. >> reporter: certainly not. in a blow to the egypt constitutional court. judges were going to meet today but the building they were going to meet in was surrounded by protesters in favor of the egypt president mohammed morsi. the judges were too concerned about trying to enter the building. they failed to do so. they said they would not meet anymore under the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. to an example of mob rule here. justices building surrounded and the justices failing to meet today. as far as the constitution, pushed through in one night, earlier in the week, it's now set to go to a referendum. nationwide vote on this. december 15. president morsi said those extreme powers which he adopted would be void. perhaps in two weeks time if the constitution is adopted. finally, another show of public support for the president, demonstrators came out here to the university of cairo yesterday. aga
weeks ago. so with that, let me briefly introduce our panelists. first, steve cook, a senior fellow for middle eastern studies of at the council on foreign relations. i take great pride in mentioning that when he was much younger, steve was a research fellow here at the research institute and we are very proud of him and his professional countless men's from that period up until today. very happy to have you back at the podium. he can second will be eric trager. he is the washington institute's next generation fellow. he is a doctoral candidate at the university of pennsylvania where he completed a dissertation and he is going to give us some special insight into some of the details of mohammed morsi and the muslim brotherhood in the quest to achieve a constitution. and then we have third, i am pleased to introduce a diplomat of the area. he served in egypt for 2005 through 2010. shalom cohen. he has considerable it's aryans with the relationship and the politics we are seeing on the ground today. first we have steve and eric and then shalom cohen, and then we will open up the discu
dictatorship. steve harrigan live in cairo. steve, any sign the president is willing to concede on any of this? shepard, president morsey has made no moves on compromise. one thing we have seen from supporters in the muslim brotherhood the care shown in trying to avoid any conflict or violence in the square here. that's certainly going to be put to the test tomorrow. that's when across the nation morsey supporters, people who back this president from the muslim brotherhood will hold demonstrations in support of the president and they will avoid this area around tahrir square to try to avoid getting in fights with the anti-morsey protesters. shepard. >> shepard: steve, what happens now with the new constitution or proposed constitution? >> the president submits it for ren dumb for 15 days time. people across egypt will have to vote up or down on it if it is accepted as expected, morsi has said he will give up those extraordinary powers, those extra judicial powers that he has given himself. and keep in mind here. we haven't seen the public support for this president. he won 52% of the vote just
wondering who is going to be the next treasury secretary. joining me steve rattner, wall street finance year, former head of president obama's auto task force. thanks for joining us, steve. first of all, what about the scenario that oh let's just let them go over the cliff and won't matter and the markets will view it as a nonevent. what do you think some. >> certainly going to matter. there's no question it's going to matter. it's going to matter to the markets. we don't know how much. this is an unprecedented situation, at least in my lifetime. we've had crises and debt ceilings and all that, but going over a cliff like this is a new one. the markets would be volatile, extremely -- a lot of downward pressure on them. and then the question would be how do businesses and consumers behave and quickly do they pull back? everyone knows the immediate impact from the government coming back and spending wouldn't be that great. the question then is how do businesses and consumers react? i don't think it will be a pretty sight. >> what about the debt ceiling? there was a suggestion? geithner's openi
with the syrian opposition on the challenges ahead once the assad regime falls. steve, to you first. what do you understand the situation on the ground to be right now in syria? >> we have seen in the past month a significant shift in the momentum of events on the ground. we have seen the opposition increase the effectiveness of its tactics. it has acquired weapons that have permitted it to challenge the regime much more effectively across a broad range of fronts ranging from the south of syria to damascus to the north, and we're seeing this reflected in the regime's response to the opposition including some of the activities surrounding movement of chemical weapons. we don't know exactly what's at stake but part of the speculation is that they're putting themselves into a position in which they could create a defensive zone if it turns out to they're unable to defend damascus in the long run. >> woodruff: what is known about the evidence that this is a serious threat that they may turn to chemical weapons? >> the intentions of the regime are uncertain. i don't think anybody knows what bashar al
optimism for a deal seems to be fading. steve is live in washington with more. >> reporter: one month away from that so-called fiscal cliff. there appears to be very little movement toward any kind of deal. president obama is using the bully-pulpit to appeal to the american people to push for immediate action to push the tax cuts for everybody except for those earning more than $250,000 a year. in his saturday address, he stressed the urgency of the situation. >> if congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. a typical middle-class family of four will see income taxes rise by $2200. we can't let that happen. a families can't afford it and neither can our economy. >> reporter: republicans led by house speaker john boehner says he should quit campaigning and take care of the business at hand. republicans say they are willing to consider raising more revenue but they want to see spending cuts to go along with it. >> we need to hear they are willing to make spending cuts now, not promises of spending cuts sometime if the fu
unemployed. steve is live in washington. where do we stand at this point? >> reporter: two sides did do something today. they appeared on the sunday talk shows but they haven't negotiated an actual deal. john boehner blasted the white house plan which was put forward last week. boehner says the president essentially wasted the last three weeks since the election with nonsense. >> the president is asking for $1.6 trillion worth of new revenue over ten years, twice as much as he been asking for in public. stimulus spending that exceeded the amount of new cuts he was willing to consider. it was not a serious offer. >> reporter: and boehner says he was flabbergasted when he was given the proposal. >> heather: and democrats are defending themselves? >> treasury-secretary tim geithner on fox news defending the president's plan for raising revenues, cutting spending and reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. he said the ball is in the g.o.p.'s court. >> you have heard them for the first time i think in two decades they are willing to have revenues go up to make a balanced p
: billy ray cyrus, paula deen and you can help the sandy victim audience. >> steve: plus ashanti. >> brian: if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio everybody. we'll figure it out in time. fox news alert now. the president promised action. the white house announcing vice president joe biden will head an administrationwide effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newt down massacre. what form that takes is not clear. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom.". >> hi, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. the president said he would to everything in his power to bring about change after a gunman massacred 26 people including 20 young first-graders at a connecticut elementary school. we're told he will announce the effort today. it will happen a couple hours from now. bill: steve centanni from the white house. what do we expect there, steve? >> reporter: well, bill, we expect the president and vice president joe biden come into the briefing room in a couple hours and begin process gathering information from inside their administration to formulate new policy, any kind o
the new constitution that morsi's allies in the constituent assembly rushed through. >> steve, what is the army's role in all of this. that's the piece people don't understand. you have morsi, muslim brotherhood and others behind this constitution. liberals, secularists opposing it. where does the army stand? >> the military has essentially removed itself from the political system. the new military leadership that came into power in mid-august as a result of morsi's declarations have a deal with him. they were relieved of the burden of having to govern egypt. removing themselves from the political system is more in keeping with the history of the egypt armed forces since the 1967 defeat when they determined being a political army was not good for their organization and their ability to fight a war on the battlefield. >> when you look at the struggle, is it first of all essentially the islamist versus the secularist, and is it fair to say as everybody does the islamists have greater appeal, they're better organized, they're going to win this? >> i think it is, right now there are bas
they are not going anywhere unless and until the president cancels his plans to place himself above the law. steve hair tan live for news cairo. steve? >> shepard, this is really a new tactic for the opposition protesters. instead of simply staying here in tahrir square and chanting they went on offensive tonight toward the presidential palace. they got right to the compound walls until being tear gassed. it was reenergized the opposition. we have seen increase in recent days now they are out in full force. one factor to keep in mind about the demonstrations today, there were no serious injuries reported. despite the scenes of chaos, both sides evidently still using some restraint. next on the agenda of vote december 15th on a constitution heavily criticized as a rush job that favors islamist parties. it's clear the muslim brotherhood will try and get out a strong yes vote on that constitution. what's not clear is the opposition's tactics. will they try to get out a no vote or will they abstain considering the whole process unjust? shepard, back to you? >> steve harrigan live tonight in cairo. the
this year in 2012. they did that today. amazing. joining us is steve clemmons. he writes at the washington note and atlantic magazine. steve is also a former policy adviser for new mexico senator jeff bingaman. thank you for being here. >> great to be with you rachel. >> am i being naive to think this was going to pass? >> a lot of people thought it was going to pass. of all the treaties, this would be the easiest to pass. there were other treaties pending. this is about people in need and it didn't. this is a branch of the gop that did you want represent all republicans, but it's the obnoxious nationalist wing that really resents any international deal making. there's a lot of worry not just about people with disabilities, but all the other treaties that position the united states and show that it can be the primary sculptor of global affairs, and we're defecting from that as of today's vote. >> so 126 countries ratifying this, but us, not ratifying it. particularly when it's modeled on our law. that takes us out of a global leadership role? >> it leaves a void that the united states is w
altman, former deputy treasury secretary under president bill clinton. die an further got roth. and steve hays is a senior righter at "the weekly standard" and fox news contributor. welcome to all of you. roger, you think this is the real deal? >> well, i think the chances for an agreement, a serious agreement, a major agreement are impositiving as we see these additional details. this is taking the pattern, familiar pattern that one often sees in washington in terms of grudging progress. the two sides each laid out aggressive positions initially from the point of view what they want and now we're seeing some hesitating progress but progress towards a middle ground. and it's a difficult thing. the politics of this are very hard. but i think the chances for an agreement are improving. i think there will be agreement and likely to be before the deadline but we don't know that yet. melissa: we don't know that. diana, still seems like there a lot of distance in the middle between the two sides at this point? >> there really does and dana has gone very far in that tax increase, that tax rate i
been wasted. >> steve centanni kicks off our college tonight from washington d.c. steve, where exactly do we stand tonight? >> well, harris, democrats are hoping republicans to raise taxes on the wealthy and the republicans are accusing the white house of wasting time. and saying that he didn't have a serious proposal when he reintroduced a plan to reduce 4 trillion dollars. >> the president asking for 1.6 trillion dollars worth of new revenue over ten years, twice as much as he's been asking for in public. his system spending in here that exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. it was not a serious offer. >> but so far it's the only white house offer on the table, a starting point for further negotiations, one would assume, harris? >> not to sound pessimistic, but it's a fact, even if he reached a deal tonight, it would tough to meet that deadline by the end of the year, because there's red tape profit to deal with. >> that's right, it takes time and time to get the legislation drafted and passed and to get it scored by the congressional budget office to deter
about israel and how many times they moved the red line. >> steve, the interesting thing about this syrian situation is there could be other kcountries that decide to act militarily or there could be a coalition that does this. it won't have to be the united states alone. yesterday we had goldberg on, your colleague at the atlantic, who reported israel is preparing, turkey is preparing. i also assume at this point the tax cutter, uae, the gulf states would participate in something like this as well. what do you know and what are you hearing? >> well, i think that's right and i think the right model to think about is libya and what you have in libya and what you may have in syria is essentially an atrocity driven strategy. in other words you get right to the edge of, you know, a benghazi wipeout or a potential real use of chemical weapons and then that drives the coalition response. i think it's highly doubtful that the qatar would take action but highly probable a calculation that involves turkey and thus nato forces were to take action if chemical weapons were to be used and i
today, and what is next is the big question. steve harrigan is streaming live from cairo with more. steve. >> reporter: we are ten days away from a admonition thal vote, a vote on the new draft constitution. we are seeing both sides really jocking for position and trying to demonstrate what power they have by the numbers of people they can bring out into the streets. yesterday for the first time last night we saw the opposition protestors, people who want to drive president morsi from office really go on the offensive. they marched through the presidential palace. they broke through steel gates and barbed wire, they painted graffiti on the walls of the compound. they did not try to over take those walls go into the compound itself where of course there are heavily armed guards. police continued to retreat throughout the demonstration last night and even though it seemed like there was chaos on the streets there were no reports of any serious injuries during that process, so both sides still showing some restraint. the latest reports from the scene say large-scale protests from supp
? >> steve, your question -- >> i'm and freeload, by the way. >> that by the way is how the chinese would describe any relationship between japan and america. the interesting aspect of all these conflicts is that as india and china and india and china have a proximate geographically, but we've never been neighbors. >> right. >> in order to be neighbors you either have to love each other or hate each other. we have done neither. in fact, in 1962 during the first strategic conflict, between these two, you have to understand, it's hard to understand why we are not neighbors. [inaudible] in terms of inaccessible. but the positions, the lines, the strategies, the lines, what would they resonate to? the positions that are taken by postcolonial nations is that we will not be bound by decisions made by colonial powers. one, or in china's case, that we had to abandon our national positions. and now that we are strong, we need to resurrect them. right or wrong is not, that is very little to do with national positions. now, the words that were there in the title of today's discussion, confusion, i c
. >> steve sedgwick has the latest and joins us now. hi, steve. >> i like that shuffle, steve. that was good. >> reporter: i've got a treat for you. guys, kelly, ross, i've got a treat. the nigerian oil minister has asked me kindly to join -- you are absolutely freezing. thank you very much for joining us. i know you've got a very important meeting coming up. how do you feel about world oil supplies at the moment? >> well, i think right now we're holding fairly stable. we're of course concerned that there will be a certain level of overproduction over the next 18 months or so if the production continues. >> reporter: saudi arabia need to take oil off the table cd iraq? >> i think those are issues we'll discuss today. >> reporter: what is the most contentious issue? we have been saying the most contentious issue could surround saudi arabia and iran. some estimates of over one million barrels a day. >> again, i would not preempt this meeting and outcome by giving statistics at this point. i think it's critical that we go in and have discussions amongst ourselves and come to the sort of prudent
.s. hospital with flu-like symptoms. just arriving back at his family's home in florida. that is where steve harrigan is live in palmetto bay, florida. steve, what a christmas gift for this family. >> reporter: jamie, it was rashable to see here, four or five minutes ago, jon hammar and his father drove up into the garage. hammar senior came out and spoke to the media for a few minutes afterwards. he said this is the greatest christmas he ever had. he looked visibly exhausted. jon hammar was released after several hours of with more paperwork after five months in the mexican prison. father and son drove back with the goal to get here by christmas day. they had to stop off at a hospital in the louisiana. john, jr., dehydrated with stomach flu. they're not sure about his condition. he can barely stand you. he walked inside with his mother and father. his father seems like an excited man right now, jamie. jamie: the mexican government, even with pressure from us to keep him for four months chained with handcuffs to a bed, it has been such an ordeal all along the way for this family. they had a
's parents say they need their son home now and they are appealing for any help they can get. steve harrigan is live in our southeast newsroom. steve, hammer's father says people have threatened his son's life. both parents say they have been getting calls at all hours of the night from that prison. the first call demanded $1,800 to be sent by western union or else their son would be killed. his mother said this was the absolute worse moment of this four month ordeal, here is what she is h. to say. >> it was the longest night of my life, i was physically ill all night long just waiting for the next call and they would call back and trying to stall them to give the embassy time to get him isolated. >> after those attempts at extortion and threats on hammer's life were made, he was moved from the general prison population into a storage room, harris. four months of this and now reports surfacing that jailers are chaining him to his bed. >> that's right. we spoke to his lawyer in mexico city this morning for a time hammer was chained to his bed but currently not being chained there. i asked his
the news wires. what we heard earlier from steve harrigan there is a situation developing outside the presidential palace. what the news wires are telling us is that some of the protestors that are protesting president mor morsi have broken through the police lines near the presidential palace and they are being met by teargas and opposition from the police. why the situation is one that we are continuing to watch so closely is whether or not the people in the streets, the demonstrations reach a level of violence, because the big question for the egyptian government is what is next here? if the people continue to protest the constitution put in place by the president, that may or may not be ratified in a few weeks, what is next for this country? so we'll continue to watch the developments out of cairo, egypt today, bring you updates as we get them. jon: the blue angels navy stunt flying seem seems to be channeling santa claus you might say using one of its cargo planes to fly donated toys out to the many families still reeling from the devastation of super storm sandy. jonathan se
jazz cigarette and mary jane but me and steve know the truth path to enlightenment is prescribed by doctors. side effect may include exhilaration, colored lenses. >>n: a alqx.!lemfamtc!x' ( cheers and applause ). >> jon: welcome back. my guest tonight, former senator from wyoming, also the cochair of the national commission on fiscal responsibility and reform, also known as the simpson/bowles plan, please welcome, senator allan simpson. sir. >> yuck man. young man. >> how are you? >> jon: nice to see you, senator, how are you? >> good, i saw that last segment. i thought maybe that would liven everything up for me. ( laughter ). i don't want to get into that. that wouldn't be a thing to do. >> jon: next time i'll make sure it's in the gift bag for everybody. ( laughter ). >> maybe just the cookies. >> jon: just the cookies. ( laughter ). so let me-- let me start with you. two years ago, two and a half years ago, you are aproasmed to chaiapproached tochair a commits to set up a deficit reduction plan for the country. you study it. you're very diligent. everybody hates i
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